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Question DetailsAsked on 8/24/2017

I know that as a homeowner we are responsible for debris removal, but our contractor has charged us with a $700.00

One time dump in a 4x4 trailer, and it not even 4 yards?

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Debris removal for what ?

What agreement did you have with the contractor, and was this pickup from a whole yard (say from a storm event) or just hauling away material which you had pre-stacked ?

Before having a contractor do work, you should ALWAYS establish (in writing) scope of work, schedule or completion date, and cost at a minimum - or for repair work like a plumbing leak or appliance repair, get a written max cost or estimate BEFORE he starts the repair, modifying as needed if needed as he gets into it and finds out what the problem is but not exceeding that for the total job without prior approval.

If this was just debris pcikup and disposal, in an area with normal dump fees (say a hundred or two $) for about 4 cy the normal price would likely be about $50-100/cy plus dump fee - so maybe $300-600 depending on dump fee in your area. However, some areas are charging as much as a couple to several hundred $ per ton or CY for dumping, so in that case $700 would be fair.

If he was cleaning up a yard of debris and then hauling off, then $700 might be fair - figuring for that type of work maybe about $20-25/manhour for hand work, maybe $25-35/manhr for chainsaw work, around $100-150/hr for a utility tractor or bobcat with operator, so you could figure on-site time (if you were there at the time) plus some travel time for dumping, plus local dump fees for a trailer, and see if reasonable.

Note - if the charge included a landfill or police penalty fee/fine because the trailer was not covered properly (some dumps charge $25-500 uncovered load penalties) that should NOT be charged to you - that would be as a result of his not following the law and out of his pocket, same as a ticket for debris falling off the trailer or for a vehicular moving violation ticket say.

I would say you need to get explanation from him detailing what adds up to the $700.

Also - if in a storm area (tornado, hurricane, etc) many states have anti-price gouging laws making it a criminal offense to price gouge, so if that is the case check into that possibility.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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